Texas Senate Panel Reviews Women’s Health Programs

AUSTIN (February 20, 2014) The Texas Senate Health and Human Services Committee reviewed women's health programs Thursday with Republicans declaring success and activists protesting the closure of family planning clinics

The panel met to examine the impact of last year's decision to shift money away from clinics associated with groups that provide abortions.

The Republican-controlled Legislature voted to shift funds into other programs, such as preventive health care, provided by other providers, but women's health advocates said the state's most-needy women relied on clinics such as Planned Parenthood did and are having a difficult time getting appointments.

Committee Chairwoman Jane Nelson said spending on women's health is the highest it's ever been, but Democrats pointed out that spending has not kept up with inflation and population growth.

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